The Power & Beauty of One Little Word

eye sparkle

See my word in this eye?


I haven’t written about her yet.  But she moves powerfully as she threads through my psyche.

Therapeutic sand play: considering events of last year

Therapeutic sand play: considering events of last year

I went to a retreat right before the new year. I hadn’t even heard of sand play before, but I got to try it. Highly recommend. When I played in the sand and chose small statues and toys to represent parts of my life across the past year something wonderful happened. I was able to view the year from a vantage point outside of myself. I was able to wash away the difficulties and recognize the growth. The sand play was cathartic.  It was amazingly cathartic.


Not the fireplace I used. Mine wasn’t so fancy.


I did some journaling, burning small strips of paper on which I’d written thoughts I wanted to let go, to release from my life. I love this practice. It is so good to let things go.  The private ceremony I created saw me standing in front of an outdoor fireplace, tossing in the words and watching them burn and the smoke rose into the sky. I could physically feel the weight lifting. I sat for a time and I breathed. Ahhhhhh.

I then turned my focus forward toward 2015. It was while looking through photographs and considering the year ahead that my one little word (OLW) appeared.  It surprised me.  You see, my OLW is neither deep nor compelling in a traditional sense. It’s not any of these power words.


But it is spot on for me this year.

It is light, easy, and beautiful.

My one little word tells me I don’t have to be deep. I don’t have to be compelling. I can open my heart and mind to lightness. I’ve been far too serious across my life. I’m ready for some levity.

But my one little word is not insignificant in its lightness. It speaks of reflection and mirroring the magnificence I see in others right back to them. It’s able to simply be what it is because it cannot be anything else. There is so much ease and grace in that. I may go through difficult times this year. “It’s okay”, my OLW whispers.  “I can just BE in quiet darkness too.” Already I am growing in unexpected ways. All I must do is be. I can “do” me. I can simply sparkle.

sparkle i like

My one little word for 2015: Sparkle



Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place for us to share our work.  What a beautiful community of people who read, write and support one another. Learn more and read more slice of life posts at Two Writing Teachers .


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17 Responses to The Power & Beauty of One Little Word

  1. franmcveigh says:

    Love it! Your writing sizzles and sparkles! Your wit is sparkling! . . . Such a great #olw

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  2. emmietx says:

    There are so many different facets to your OLW. You will have fun exploring them throughout the year. I love it. Simple, original, thoughtful! Good luck to you.

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  3. dashthebook says:

    This was such a light, free, and elegant piece to read. to savor. I’m happy for the lightness you are breathing in, and the sparkle you are radiating outward. The radiance can be felt through your words. Best wishes!

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  4. Morgan says:

    I like how you don’t reveal the word until you have built it up – all that it is not and all that it can be. I hadn’t heard of OLW before; thanks for initiating me.

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  5. Love this post, and how you present it as a progression marked by pictures…
    Tools that help us reflect are so lovely, yes? the words in the fireplace- I want to do it too.
    And your OLW- so unexpected and remarkable! Enjoy this year living your new word!

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  6. Mindi Rench says:

    I love your OLW. Sparkle can go so many places.

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  7. jarhartz says:

    This word can’t help but make one smile. I love how you took us on your journey to find your OLW!

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  8. Sparkle is the perfect word for you, Dayna! Your description of how you discovered your OLW is beautiful, and I’m so glad you were able to let those thoughts go. Here’s to a year filled with sparkle!

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  9. Amy Brennan says:

    I love your OLW, it is just perfect and the way you paint a picture of the word before you say the word builds such beautiful tension in a slow, anticipatory way. Beautiful!

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